Art & Design Academy Outreach
|The aim of the Art and Design Academy Outreach Programme is to actively link the staff and students of the Academy with businesses and the wider community.|
This essentially takes place through collaborative projects, by sharing skills, knowledge and expertise. The overall aim from this is to create an open, engaged and inclusive School.
Previous Outreach projects have included:
Metquarter Installations: a large scale project which saw students from all disciplines creating art installations for the Metquarter, a large shopping centre in Liverpool, to celebrate their sponsorship of the 2007 Turner Prize. The installations were created for and displayed in shop windows, internally within the shop floors, in public spaces and monopolising empty units.
‘Mecworking’ – Merseyside Entrepreneurship Commission and St Helens Chamber: a one-off Fashion Show and entrepreneurship evening event, featuring the creations of graduates and current Fashion students, as part of the ‘Mecworking’ Entrepreneurship Week.
Aimhigher – In collaboration with the Altern8 programme run by Aimhigher, a series of workshops were delivered by students for Year 8 pupils from several local schools. The workshops asked the pupils to explore some classic pieces of contemporary design and then working as teams, re-design them for a chosen market. Each team then had to present back to the group. The students’ involvement allowed the pupils to explore new technologies, look at professional portfolios and to gain a valuable insight into what it is like to be a student.
The Ideas Foundation – This was a pilot project linked to the Creative and Media Diploma in which Art and Design students worked with a specialist college in Wigan on a design project. The programme ran for several weeks and culminated in a ‘work simulation’ week in which the pupils worked on a live project in the studios of the Art School. The end product of this week, a bilingual card game, has been marketed and is now available for sale.
Students will continue to be actively encouraged to explore links with businesses, industry, enterprise and entrepreneurship as well as continuing to work with regional, national and international artists and arts organisations.
Projects will directly engage with the communities surrounding the new Academy building, creating an environment that welcomes usage from as wide an audience as possible.